A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Gender differences in professional identities and development of engineering skills among early career engineers in Finland

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Naukkarinen Johanna, Bairoh Susanna
Publisher: Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Related journal or series: European Journal of Engineering Education
ISSN: 0304-3797
eISSN: 1469-5898
JUFO level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Formation of professional identity is a process where individuals
attempt to bring together the social expectations set for them as
professionals and their own interests and values. The cultural landscape
of engineering is masculine in various ways, which can be challenging
especially for female engineers who need to match the cultural
expectations with their personal identities. So far, few studies have
compared the professional identities of early-career men and women
engineers. This study aims to understand the professional identities of
newly graduated Finnish male and female engineers by analysing their
perceptions of the importance and development of professional
engineering skills. An analysis of cross-sectional survey data of more
than 4000 early-career engineers suggests some gender differences
related to professional identities and indicates that the observed
differences in values and perceived skills can put women at a greater
risk of dropping out of an engineering career.

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